Korean electronics maker LG was recently rewarded for excellence in its packaging waste management at Packaging Magazine's Packaging Evolution Awards.
LG was recognized for taking responsibility beyond disposing of packaging effectively. LG demonstrated its commitment to conserving resources and facilitating the re-use and recycling of used packaging materials.
Some of the areas LG was specifically recognized for were; design - developing cardboard pallets to replace traditional wood pallets.
Recycling the company initiated a 2010 recycling plan which includes utilizing packaging designs and materials with disposal and recycling characteristics. Reusing cardboard and recycled packaging materials within LG's spare parts division; forging relationships with organizations who accept packaging waste for re-use and recycling.
According to published reports LG has also invested in a new packaging process through Eco-design, reducing waste by up to 10% this year. Eco-design continuously improves the recycling system in LG electronics by up to 60%.
The company has also made a commitment to education, encouraging staff to support recycling programs displaying the recycling logo on products and manuals to promote recycling to consumers, communicating LGs commitment to reducing waste to retail clients through the trade function.
LG stated that the company hopes to influence others to review their packaging in terms of saving resources, using recycled materials and minimalizing landfill.